Lok Satta Party is looking to field fresh faces in order to strengthen its voter base in the city.

The party claims to be unleashing educated, young candidates to contest the forthcoming general elections. Issues such as drinking water, transport and women’s safety top the party’s agenda, apart from anti-corruption.

“We even have a person from IIT Roorkee keen on contesting the elections this time. We have doctors, IT employees and many other professionals ready to join our party,” said Katari Srinivas Rao, president, Lok Satta Party. He said that so far the names of nine contestants from Hyderabad have been announced and more names will be disclosed is the coming days.

Apart from calling for corruption-free governance, Lok Satta will also emphasise on women’s safety this time around, given the resonance of the issue among the public. It has its eye set on 16 to 17 Assembly seats, which it hopes to win. “This time there is confidence among voters about us,” claimed Mr. Rao, and said that Lok Sabha candidates for the city have not been announced yet.

On the question of an alliance, Mr. Rao stated that Lok Satta is open to any party if it agrees with some of the points in their election manifesto. Of the nine Assembly candidates in the fray, four are said to be from IT background. “We will try to contest as many seats as possible this time,” he said.